New bill aims to end contract flipping of care home workers
.C. labour activists are celebrating the impending repeal of two bills they’ve fought to quash for almost two decades.
Minister of Health Adrian Dix introduced legislation on Thursday to repeal Bill 29 and Bill 94, which gave employers in the health-care sector broad licence to lay off employees and restrict employment-security language in collective agreements with unions.
Labour advocates, and especially the Hospital Employees’ Union, have long argued the acts create unfair working conditions that disproportionately impact women of colour. These women comprise a large share of care-home employees performing duties like cleaning facilities and looking after seniors in long-term care.
Contract flipping is common in the health-care sector in B.C. and can result in lowwage workers losing whatever protections they’ve gained through unionization.
Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, said in a statement Thursday that the repeal will be a positive move for both workers and patients who rely on their services and companionship.
“Repealing the legislation is a positive step that will end rampant contract-flipping in health care and make for more stable care — especially for seniors,” Lanzinger said.
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“REPEALING THE LEGISLATION IS A POSITIVE STEP.” Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour